Hacking genomes. The ethics of open and rebel biology


  • Alessandro Delfant


A new open science culture is emerging within the current system of the life sciences. This culture mixes an ethic of sharing with features such as anti-bureaucracy rebellion, hedonism, search for profit. It is a recombination of an old culture, the Mertonian ethos of modern open science, and a new one: the hacker ethic. This new culture has an important role in the evolving relationship between science and society. And it maintains a political ambivalence. Biohackers are rebel scientists and open access advocates who challenge today’s Big Bio’s concentration of power. But at the same time they live in a new territory of accumulation that never excludes entrepreneurship and profit.




How to Cite

Alessandro Delfant. 2011. “Hacking Genomes. The Ethics of Open and Rebel Biology”. The International Review of Information Ethics 15 (September). Edmonton, Canada:52-57. http://informationethics.ca/index.php/irie/article/view/223.